Ulster outhalf Paddy Jackson runs in a try late in the  Guinness Pro 12 victory over Leinster at  Kingspan Stadium in Belfast. Photograph:  Darren Kidd/Inpho/Presseye

Ulster 30 Leinster 6 Ulster put one foot into the play-offs, and ensured Leinster will have to beat Treviso next Saturday if they are to ensure a hom(...)

Connacht’s Tom McCartney. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Rugby is a small world alright, and smaller still in New Zealand. As if to prove the point, when the Connacht hooker Tom McCartney first sampled senio(...)

Leinster’s Johnny Sexton scores his sides first try Photograph: Inpho/James Crombie

Leinster 16 Munster 13 Johnny Holland is the same age Johnny Sexton was when the undisputed Ireland number 10 began to move through the ranks. In t(...)

Johnny Sexton returns for Leinster against Munster. Photograph: Inpho

Johnny Sexton returns for Leinster in Saturday evening’s crunch Pro 12 clash with Munster at the Aviva Stadium. In total Leo Cullen has made nine c(...)

Connacht’s Denis Buckley. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Considering the importance of our provincial derbies to the Guinness Pro12 and Europe, it’s the individual that has caught my attention. There’s no (...)

Gordon D’Arcy celebrates a try against Munster in the 2009 Heineken Cup semi-final. “It was  as seamless a performance as Leinster have ever produced.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Rugby has changed but Leinster versus Munster has a permanency to it. Even considering all that’s happened in recent seasons, it should still be the g(...)

Niyi Adeolokun and James Connolly celebrate after the Connacht’s win over Leinster. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Connacht 7 Leinster 6 Connacht’s slim 7-0 lead turning into the fierce wind whipping in off the Bohermore end looked an even flimsier buffer when Ian(...)

Kieran Marmion touches down to score Connacht’s try during the Guinness Pro 12 game against Leinster at the  Sportsground in Galway. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht 7 Leinster 6 The Sportsground has possibly never heard a roar like the one which greeted Caolin Blade kicking the ball dead from his own i(...)

Leinster scrumhalf  Luke McGrath is tackled during the Guinness Pro 12 match at  Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi in  Parma. Photograph:   Francesca Soli/Inpho

Zebre 10 Leinster 27 When Jordi Murphy emptied former All Black Mils Muliaina in the opening minute it may have come from the frustration of being in(...)

Ireland outhalf Johnny Sexton: “If they’re talking about my game or criticising me, I don’t get involved. But it’s different when people  say that at the World Cup I was hiding concussion.” Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

On an almost daily basis, it seems, you can’t open a paper, turn on the television, listen to the radio or go online without somebody having an opinio(...)